Board of Directors
Behind the scenes of every not-for-profit organisation is a management committee that is responsible for the organisation's legal/financial accountability, strategic vision/objectives, fundraising and advocacy.
The Tangaroa Blue Foundation Board is made up of seven Directors who are based around Australia and bring strong guidance to the organisation as it continues to grow and deliver our mission and vision.
Our Board of Directors are listed below and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan ‘Sioux’ Campbell – Director and Chair
Sioux has held a Tangaroa Blue Foundation Board Member position since 2013 with a focus on organisational governance and strategic direction. She is a life member of the NZ Association for Environmental Education, a fellow of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, regional ambassador for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and a committee member for the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre. In her day life, Sioux is employed by the Cairns Regional Council in Disaster Management bringing strong organisational, governance, community engagement and risk mitigation experience to the Board. She loves being in the sea and is a keen snorkeller, diver, kayaker and open water swimmer.
Tom Godfrey – Director
A proven media and public relations professional, Tom has extensive international experience with both public companies and not-for-profit organisations. He has worked on major environmental and consumer campaigns, product launches, events, corporate branding and positioning. Tom has a strong track record providing media and public relations support, acting as company spokesperson, managing media and working with a range of stakeholders. He is also a high profile media commentator with regular appearances on TV and radio programs across Australia. Tom has an extensive network across Australia, Asia, North America and Europe at board and senior management level. He also holds a Masters in Communication Management and an Honours Degree in History and Economics. Tom has held senior media and communications roles with the consumer group CHOICE, the British Standards Institution (“BSI”), Standards Australia, SAI Global (ASX: SAI) and is the Owner and Managing Director of Bell George Communications and BG Mobile Apps. Tom is currently Managing Director of Bell George Communications and a non-executive director at Good Environmental Choice.
Elizabeth Irwin – Director
Liz joined the Tangaroa Blue Foundation Board in 2019 with a wealth of government experience across both NSW and Federal agencies and a legal background. Her strong government experience is targeted to environmental policy reform and implementation, including marine reforms, water quality, resource efficiency, sustainable energy and innovation with her current role focused on strategic conservation planning in Western Sydney.
Hayley Rolfe- Director and Secretary
Environmental Scientist, Policy Wonk and Entrepreneur. Hayley is solutions-focused enviro with a background in natural resource management, environmental policy and legislation. Hayley’s passion for the environment has led her from the London offices of Greenpeace and the UK Environment Agency to seven years with the Cape to Cape Catchments Group in Margaret River, WA. Since moving back to her hometown of Fremantle, Hayley has worked on environmental policy and waste regulation including the policy and legislative elements of the WA plastic bag ban. A firm believer that environmental change needs to come from all sectors of the community, Hayley founded Ardea Waste in 2019. Ardea Waste is a business founded on circular economy principles and provides online waste and resource matching services for businesses, ensuring that wastes are re-used, recycled or safely disposed of. Ardea Waste won investment funding and entry into the highly selective SheStarts accelerator program for women entrepreneurs in June 2019.
Karenn Singer – Director
Having travelled, worked and lived in remote areas across the world, Karenn has witnessed the growing impact of plastics and other waste on environments and communities. It was during a beach clean-up that she recognised the value of data combined with grass root action to help change behaviours and influence decision makers to reduce pollution. Karenn joined the Board of Tangaroa Blue in 2020. She brings a range of skills and experience in government, tourism and the not-for-profit sector, with a focus on sustainable community development. She has a Master of Arts in Maritime Policy and has received awards for her efforts with Island Care on Christmas Island, where she is now based.
Wally Smith – Director
Wally has been involved with Tangaroa Blue since the first Cape to Cape Beach Clean-up in 2005 where his passion for the local environment connected him with the organisation in its infancy. He has held a Board position since the organisation’s registration with ASIC in 2009. Wally has brought a strategic focus to the organisation as it evolved and expanded into a national entity and has been the driving force behind the development and management of the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database. Based in Margaret River, he has monitored the same coastal sites for the Australian Marine Debris Database since 2005 contributing the longest AMDI marine debris dataset in the southern hemisphere. Wally’s experience and knowledge on the marine debris issue, data collection, analysis and connecting data to on ground source reduction projects has been instrumental in establish Tangaroa Blue Foundation as the go to organisation on marine debris in Australia.
Heidi Tait – Managing Director and Co-Founder
Heidi’s love for the ocean comes from 20 years as a scuba diving instructor. In 2004 Heidi co-founded the Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative as a way of not only removing the ever-increasing loads of rubbish in our oceans, but more importantly finding ways that prevented marine debris from being released in the first place. Her mantra is “if all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do”. Heidi has been sitting of the Board of Directors since the organisation started in 2004 and is contracted outside of her role on the Board to oversee the administration and day to day operations of the organisation as well as assist in strategic direction and partnerships. Heidi was named one of the “18 Most Influential Women in Ocean Conservation” in the July 2018 edition of Ocean Geographic.